A loan of $1,050 helped to buy wax pagnes (traditional, wrap-around clothing), lace and fabric for men's clothing.


Gamou's story

Gamou is 54 years old and lived for twelve years in Sierra Leone. She is married and has five children. The eldest child, a boy, is thirty years old, and the youngest is eighteen years old.

Now re-established in Senegal, Gamou has continued with the business she started nineteen years ago. She has two shops, one sells dishes and the other one sells fabric. She works from nine in the morning until nine at night. This will be Gamou's sixth loan and she will use it to buy stock for her fabric shop, and also to buy dishes to replace those that were stolen from her shop recently.

Gamou is a very active business woman, who works hard for her family. She has established a hairdressing salon for her daughter. Gamou no longer has to provide for the day-to-day expenses of her household as her children have assumed responsibility for this. Her loans have a positive impact on her position as they have allowed her to diversify the range of products and services which she offers. They have also enabled her to provide employment for more people by opening other shops.

In the future, Gamou would like to buy a vehicle and open further shops.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder



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